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I finally narrowed it down and picked the Rooster design.
I couldn't believe how realistic the designs were.
So the minute I received them I had to try one out.
I thought about doing some dish towels, maybe cutrains or even a quilt for my part of the hop.
But when I saw the project that Anita had included with the design I knew that was what I wanted to do. What better way to display the awesome Roosters.
I downloaded the pdf file and it gave step by step instructions.
I probably could have just copied the pictures but I took my own.
I will try and make this brief so you don't have to spend all day reading.
1st I hooped my No Show Mesh and muslin and the design stitched out the placement.
I placed my warm and natural (cut to size) on the placement and then placed the fabric.
The design then stitched over the placement line and I was ready to go.
This is the beginning of one of the designs.
I used a topper on the Roosters and Fleur des Leis
I then trimmed up all the pieces and layed them out
I sewed this into the 4 quarters (basically 4 nine patches)
Then I used some Hoop Magic and placed the nine patch using the brown and white pieces as center.
Then I did all 4 Roosters
I sewed two quarters together.
Then the 2 halves.
The pdf said to quilt it by the squares and using more batting was optional.
Well I opted for more batting (probably would have looked better without) and I also outlined around the Rooster with nylon thread.
I also used piping for the 1st time (probably not a good time to try something new)
All the step by step instructions come with the design.
I have really enjoyed being a part of the IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop and having a chance to do one of Anita Goodesign's designs.
Some good tips:
1. Always use a topper.
2. Use Hoop Magic (or similar) when you don't want to hoop or can't hoop.
3. Change your needle when the threads start to loop above the design.
For a chance to win one Anita Goodesign Special Edition Collections leave a comment on this post by March 24 and a winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on March 25.
For a second winner as a Thanks for putting up with this long blog entry and for your patience I will give away the dish towel (shown at the begining) on Sunday, March 24